Avalanche Safety

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Recent Avalanche Safety Device Reviews

Black Diamond Halo 28 JetForce Avalanche Airbag Pack

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A great evolution on the airbag concept with terrific selection of features. So I got to take this pack out for a spin the other day on a Ski Mountaineering objective. It was a pretty short day and we didn't get into any terrain that we felt was particularly risky, so I never felt the need for its key feature. The pack is accurate to the rest of the BD M/L sizing. It's surprising comfortable, and breathable for a winter pack. I certainly found it rather enjoyable to wear. The bag is burly, and feels… Full review

SnowClaw Guide

rated 5 of 5 stars It's easy to carry. It does work. I had two, gave one to another rescue worker. I like it very much. No problems, easy to carry, almost forget it's in my pack, but when I need it it makes any digging much quicker. Full review

SnowClaw Guide

rated 5 of 5 stars I find the Snow Claw an essential item for backcountry snow play. I am going to disagree with it not being an effective avalanche rescue tool. I researched these long and hard before buying one. Some rescue crews report having tested them directly against standard $75 portal avalanche shovels. They were in fact surprised to find them more durable, faster at moving snow, and easier to carry. Furthermore they were found to be the superior tool at getting cars and trucks dug out of snow banks. Typical… Full review

SnowClaw Guide

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A great must-have tool, for snow travelers of every kind. When I started doing a little bit of front and back country snowshoeing several years ago, I saw this and thought it would be a great thing to have. And for twenty bucks, why not?? It is a very easy to use "shovel," and moves a fair amount of snow easily and quickly. It is effective in most snow conditions, except for really icy situations. I have had it since they first came out, and it is still in like-new condition.  I especially like… Full review

Mammut Probe 320 Fast Lock

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Sturdy probe with quick lock. The Mammut 320 Fast Lock avalanche probe feels very strong (13mm diameter) and is operable with gloves. The measurements on the side are easy to read. I haven't had a chance to use it in the field yet, but so far I like it more than the older Black Diamond Quickdraw that I used last winter as there are no pinch points. (Although it looks like the new BD's have a similar style to this Mammut) My first concern was hoping the locking mechanism and cable hold up. The inner… Full review

Backcountry Access Tracker DTS

rated 5 of 5 stars The best avalanche beacon I have used. This is the simplest, most functional avalanche beacon I have ever used. You can pull it out of the box with zero experience in using a beacon and feel like a pro within 5 minutes. On top of that, it's reasonably priced and easy to find. The harness is super easy to put on and is barely noticeable. The range is good. There's not much else to say — it's the ideal beacon. I love this thing. 100% recommended. [I am a PSIA certified Alpine and Telemark Instructor]… Full review

Voile Mini Shovel

rated 5 of 5 stars If you are going winter camping and not carrying one of these (or a comparable model), you are not carrying an essential winter survival tool. The Voile Mini is one of several small snow shovels that anyone winter camping on snow should carry. This is not a full size shovel, but for all that I have done with it, it was the perfect size. I would take mine even on day trips. It is fairly light, has a metal blade, and is well made. The handle comes apart and fits back together easily. It can be used… Full review

Mammut Pulse Barryvox

rated 5 of 5 stars It works. Have carried mine for 3 years. Replaced batteries every year though they still show 85%. Good range when tested on buried beacons. I like the one hand to turn on, two hands to turn off feature. Fits in a pocket well. Has adequate leash. Full review

Backcountry Access Tracker 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This is such a simple transceiver to use. I'd recommend it for any recreational user. It's also commonly used by ski patrollers. This transceiver is very simple to use and that's what makes it so great. When I do practices with friends with other digital units, they seem to get hung up on other features and confused about how to interpret what the transceiver is telling them. This is due to not practicing enough, but with the Tracker 2, it is far more intuitive and even without much practice can… Full review

Top-Rated Avalanche Safety

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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Backcountry Access Tracker DTS Avalanche Beacon
$168
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
SnowClaw Guide Snow Shovel
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mammut Pulse Barryvox Avalanche Beacon
$45 - $490
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mammut Probe 320 Fast Lock Avalanche Probe
$45
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Backcountry Access Tracker 2 Avalanche Beacon
$300 - $379
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Halo 28 JetForce Avalanche Airbag Pack Avalanche Airbag Pack
$1,450
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Deploy 3 Snow Shovel
$70
Backcountry Access Float 32 Avalanche Airbag Pack
$330 - $549
 
Brooks-Range Compact EXT Sharktooth Shovel Snow Shovel
$36
 
Mammut Light Protection Airbag Ready Avalanche Airbag Pack
$248
Backcountry Access Essentials Package
$224
Black Diamond BD/PIEPS Sport Avy Safety Set Avalanche Beacon / Snow Shovel / Avalanche Probe
$390
Mammut Ride Short Protection Airbag Avalanche Airbag Pack
$800
MSR Striker Avalanche Probe Avalanche Probe
$60 - $69
Mammut Probe 200 Avalanche Probe
$36
ABS Powder Zip-On 8
$54
Backcountry Access Stealth 240 Avalanche Probe
$50
Deuter Ontop ABS 20 Pack Avalanche Airbag Pack
$714 - $799
Mammut Ride Short Removable Airbag Avalanche Airbag Pack
$420
MSR Beta Snow Saw
$45
Black Diamond AvaLung Element
$100
Mammut Alugator Ride Snow Shovel
$35
Black Diamond QuickDraw Tour 240 Avalanche Probe
$48 - $59
 
Pieps TX 600 Dog Collar
$20
Black Diamond Snow Saw Pro Snow Saw
$80
Black Diamond Evac Shovel Snow Shovel
$80 - $99
Backcountry Access Float 22 Avalanche Airbag Pack
$110 - $499
Black Diamond AvaLung II
$130 - $139
 
Brooks-Range Pocket Scale SR-1 Snow Study Device
$24
MSR Basecamp Snow Saw
$67
Mammut Carbon Probe 240 Fast Lock Avalanche Probe
$52
 
Black Diamond Quickdraw Carbon Probe 320 Avalanche Probe
$100
Snowpulse Highmark RAS Airbag Vest Avalanche Airbag Pack
$587
G3 Solid Probe Tip Avalanche Probe
$3
Snowpulse Highmark Prime RAS Airbag Pack Avalanche Airbag Pack
$524
Brooks-Range Compact EXT Snow Shovel
$42
Arva XPowder Avalanche Airbag Pack
$36
Deuter Ontop ABS 18 SL Pack Avalanche Airbag Pack
$1,099
Komperdell Avalanche Shovel Expedition Snow Shovel
$70
CAMP Alu Tele Snow Shovel
$40
Deuter Ontop ABS 30 Avalanche Airbag Pack Avalanche Airbag Pack
$719 - $1,199
K2 Avalanche Probe ALU 300 Avalanche Probe
$45
Black Diamond QuickDraw Tour Avalanche Probe
$80
 
K2 Float
$175
The North Face Modulator ABS Avalanche Airbag Pack
$1,000
Backcountry Access Stealth 260 Carbon Avalanche Probe
$56
Black Diamond Transfer 3 Snow Shovel
$55
Osprey Kode ABS Compatible 42 Avalanche Airbag Pack
$154 - $219
Pieps Jetforce Tour Pro 34 Avalanche Airbag Pack
$1,500
Mammut Alugator Guide Snow Shovel
$43
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